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Tea for Two and Sweet Milk Cologne – I could drink a case of you…

Photo - Wikipedia - Tea with milk before being stirred

I’m not a tea drinker, despite or maybe because of, my British background, I just don’t enjoy a cuppa. It’s not for lack of trying. Over the years, I’ve tried black tea, green tea, oolong tea, white tea, roobois tea, herbal teas, organic tea, gourmet tea and fair trade tea. The result is usually the same - meh.

Variants on tea don’t do much for me either - iced tea leaves me cold, lemon tea is either too sweet or it makes me pucker and what’s with Chai tea? Is it a drink or a dessert? Either way, I can live without it.

But when it comes to aromatic, fragrant tea notes in perfume, I’d hate to have to live without them.

What would Five O'Clock au Gingèmbre be without that tea note at the opening? And what would Midnight in Paris smell like without its green and black tea notes? Midnight in Somewhere Else? And what about a tea-less Osmanthe Yunnan or Absolument Absinthe? And, really what would Bulgari Black without the smouldering rubber note it gets from lapsang souchong tea? I’ll tell you what it would be – it would be taken off my desert island list.

Which brings me to Tea for Two by L’Artisan. Now, this is the way I like my tea – out of a perfume bottle, not in a cup - spicy, smoky and sensuous.

It opens with citrusy bergamot and bitter from gentian, tempered with a light floral note from orange blossom - which puts me in mind of perfumed teas. Green anise seeds add a fresh herbal brightness.  As it blooms, a note of smoky tea appears which has a tarriness to it that gives Tea for Two it a hint of that same smouldering rubber vibe as Bulgari Black. The fall-on-your-knees smokiness just curls around your psyche, taking you places you can’t get to any other way. Just when you think you’ll unpack your suitcase and stay awhile, the smokiness settles back a little -  just enough to allow it to be warmed by fresh, succulent ginger and spiced with cinnamon, while the anise, which has been hovering in the background, makes a comeback. Rich honey and exotic vanilla at the base sweeten it, giving it a creaminess so that it never becomes acrid or sharp, while gaiac wood, vanilla’s good friend, gives it an irresistible resinous, smokiness.

The drydown is surprisingly vibrant, despite its dark, warm rich notes and gives Tea for Two a sensuality that feels cozy and smells fantastic!

This is one excellent brew, and one I would hate to have to do without, yet I may have to as I hear through the niche-vine that Tea for Two has been discontinued.

But let’s not dwell on lost frags – let’s just enjoy them while we got ‘em!

Tea for Two is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.

But wait….wanna little milk and sugar with your tea frags? Well, if you do, you can always layer them with Jo Malone’s Sweet Milk Cologne. Part of Malone’s discontinued Tea Series, Sweet Milk Cologne opens with bergamot, which yields to spicy star anise, and vanilla-scented heliotrope.  Soon notes of sweet milk and warm caramel appear. These are rounded out with a note of sweet, nutty almond, exotic vanilla and musk.

The drydown has a spicy, fragrant milky richness that is just mouthwatering, yet it’s so  beautifully balanced that it’s not too sweet to be worn on its own, but layering it with a tea-based fragrance really gets the best out of it.

I LOVE it paired with Tea for Two.

Sweet Milk Cologne is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $10.00 for 1 ml.